DIY: Stenciled Plate Chargers for Table Settings

Wow, color psychology really can do a job on you. I don’t mean like, red gives you energy and blue relaxes you. Rather, right after I write that I’m not a fan of Pantone Radiant Orchid as the color of 2014, suddenly a Krylon purple shimmer spray paint can jumps off a store shelf and into my hands! How does this color marketing work?! Mysteriously. Subconsciously.

Well, after putting a super-deep-dark purple Japanese kimono obi on our dining room table as a runner, purple got stuck in my head. And then this is what happened next with purple:

Table Setting with Stenciled Plate Charger

Not content with being across the entire middle of our table, purple creeped in under the plates! And now there’s a crazy mix of patterns going on there too.

And perhaps I should eat my words about purple on these plates, huh?

Just to play around and see if I liked it, I got $1 plate chargers at Michaels along with Krylon shimmer spray paint. This paint is more interesting than plain spray paint, less brash than metallic paint, and more subtle than glitter paint. It’s shimmery – exactly what it’s called!

Krylon Shimmer Metallic Spray Paint

It took three light coats of spray paint to cover gold plastic chargers. I painted only the top sides.

Next I stenciled the rims of the chargers:

Purple Stenciled Plate Chargers

I used the Persian Lace Border stencil from Royal Design Studio and randomly turned the stencil this way and that, painting through it enough to get pattern around the rims. So, each charger is unique:

DIY Stenciling on Plate Chargers

If you use plastic chargers from the craft store, this is an inexpensive and easy way to spice up your table with some pattern and color! You can take a risk and try out a color you’re not sure about. Or maybe a color that contrasts wildly with your plates. That’s what I did here with purple, green and orange.

Stenciled Charger Under Celadon Plates

So go ahead, take a risk with a new color – you might like it!

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